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New Addition Underway at St. Francis

By | August 22, 2017

St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 21 for a two-story addition and renovation project that will provide patients and residents with 14 more private rooms and state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities.

“It’s a significant step forward for St. Francis rehabilitation center’s ability to meet the needs of area patients who need skilled rehabilitation therapy and prefer private rooms and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility,” said Michael D. Lehrman, vice president of Healthcare Services at Catholic Charities New Hampshire.

Group photo at the St. Francis Rehab and Nursing Center groundbreaking

Frank Lemay (front row with shovel), president of Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. of Concord; Gregg Fournier (2nd row), site superintendent for Milestone; George Smith (front row with shovel), St. Francis director of environmental services; Shayne Marshall (2nd row, face partially obscured), St. Francis director of social services; Debbie Sturgeon (front row with shovel), apartment manager at Bishop Bradley Senior Living Community at St. Francis; Shawn Bolduc (2nd row), architect with Lavallee Brensinger of Manchester; Evelyn Festa (front row with shovel), tenant at Bishop Bradley Senior Living Community; Dennis Breault (3rd row, face obscured), St. Francis director of culinary services; Lois Krempl (2nd row, face partially obscured), St. Francis director of nursing; Brenda Buttrick (front row with shovel), administer of St. Francis; Thomas Blonski (2nd row), president and CEO of Catholic Charities New Hampshire; Joan Eagleson (front row with shovel), architect with Lavallee Brensinger; Harry Dangora (2nd row), project manager with Catholic Charities NH; Austyn Shea (tall man in 3rd row, face partially obscured), intern with Milestone; Michael Takesian (front row with shovel), assistant vice president of Catholic Charities NH Healthcare Services; John West (2nd row), St. Francis assistant director of nursing; Maureen West (3rd row, face partially obscured), St. Francis clinical assessment manager; Brian Gehris (front row with shovel), project manager with Milestone.

The 9,000-square-foot addition will include construction of seven new private rooms and seven existing semi-private rooms will become private for a total 14 private rooms. The total number of licensed beds will not change, but the nursing center will have a total 17 private rooms once work is done. In addition, a spacious, new rehabilitation gymnasium will be built that will provide patients with greater privacy and striking views of Lake Winnisquam.

St. Francis’ Administrator, Brenda Buttrick, said the improvements are being done to meet patient and resident demand for private rooms.

“It will benefit the whole experience for our short-term rehabilitation patients by providing improved facilities for their rehabilitation needs,” Buttrick said.

Group photo at the St. Francis Rehab and Nursing Center groundbreaking

St. Francis Administrator Brenda Buttrick speaks with CCNH VP of Healthcare Services Michael Lehrman.

Work should be done by May, 2018. Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc. of Concord is the contractor. Lavallee Brensinger of Manchester is the architect.

St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is one of seven rehabilitation and nursing centers owned and operated by Catholic Charities New Hampshire. It is the fourth nursing center to undergo renovations and upgrades in recent years. Mt. Carmel in Manchester, St. Ann in Dover and St. Vincent in Berlin all were recently renovated.

Group photo at the St. Francis Rehab and Nursing Center groundbreaking

Milestone Engineering staff speak with Harry Dangora, Jr., CCNH Healthcare Project Manager

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